Welcome to a new week crammed with new ways of thinking about Bitcoin and its fellow cryptocurrencies. To kick things off, today’s edition of The Daily details three big-hitting topics: Is it time to find a more accurate metric than market cap for measuring cryptocurrencies? Why are venture capital funds so enamored with stablecoins right now? And what’s the deal with ICOs covertly minting tokens to inflate their own supply?
Stablecoins are all the rage right now, especially if you’re a venture capital firm seeking an up-and-coming crypto project to back. A16z Crypto has just acquired 6% of the MKR token supply for $15 million, which will give it a stake in the DAI stablecoin issued by Makerdao from both a financial and a governance perspective. The dedicated crypto fund created by Andreessen Horowitz will lend its support to the Makerdao foundation for the next three years, and provide expertise on adoption and regulatory matters.
“As a first mover and innovator in stablecoins, Makerdao represents a very compelling opportunity in the crypto space,” said A16z Crypto’s general partner Katie Haun. “Makerdao’s technology, ecosystem and talent have put theory into action to deliver a decentralized stablecoin that we believe will help drive the future of the crypto economy.” Ms Haun’s role in leading the Silk Road prosecution, while with the US Department of Justice, has stuck in the craw of some bitcoiners, who believe the conviction of Ross Ulbricht to be excessive and unjust. Since entering the crypto space full-time, however, the Andreessen Horowitz and A16z Crypto partner has become an advocate for the cryptocurrencies first pioneered on early BTC-friendly sites like Silk Road.
Nic Carter: Replace Market Cap With “Realized Cap”
At the Baltic Honeybadger conference in Latvia this week, a number of well-known figures from the Bitcoin world have delivered keynote addresses, among them Castle Island Ventures’ Nic Carter. In “Bitcoin as a novel economic institution” he advocates for changing the way we calculate the market capitalization of cryptocurrencies. It’s long been acknowledged that multiplying the number of coins minted by their market price is a crude reckoner, but in the absence of a more accurate but simple metric, it’s stuck. This has led to such anomalies, as Nic Carter points out, as Bitcoin Private having a $2 billion market cap upon launch, despite the fact that the vast majority of coins were never claimed by BTC and ZCL holders.
The alternative model Nic Carter proposes, “realized cap” is more accurate, but may struggle to gain widespread adoption due to being more complex. It involves calculating the aggregate value of UTXOs priced on their value when they last moved i.e. if a whale-sized wallet of 10,000 BTC hasn’t seen any activity since 2011, those BTC are valued at the price they were at the time, rather than using 2018 valuations. The net result of all this would mean BTC’s market cap being cut from $110 billion to around $88 billion. While Nic Carter’s model is unlikely to replace standard market cap any time soon, the existence of new systems for valuing crypto networks can only be a good thing, and “realized cap” may yet earn its place on cryptocurrency tracker sites.
Edenchain Enrages Investors After Covertly Increasing Its Supply
As evidence of market cap manipulation, consider the case of Edenchain, one of the few oversubscribed token sales to have emerged this quarter, which has run into controversy. The project had already been dogged with problems over allegations of major investors, including Ian Balina, receiving preferential discounts and engaging in pooling, a practice which is generally frowned upon.
It has now been revealed that Edenchain has covertly increased its circulating supply by 150 million tokens – an increase of around 40% – after completing its crowdsale. The tokens were released because the project succeeded in raising more funds from “strategic investors”. Edenchain has now published a post detailing its revised circulating supply. Its unfortunate choice of a whale as the accompanying featured image has further bolstered the suspicion that crypto whales are being favored over ordinary retail investors who got in early but have since been squeezed out.
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Ripple price surged higher and settled above the 0.5000 resistance against the US dollar.
There is a short-term connecting bearish trend line in place with resistance at 0.6000 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair (data source from Kraken).
The pair may break the $0.6000 level in the near term to test the 0.6800 zone.
Ripple price is placed in a positive zone against the US Dollar and Bitcoin. XRP/USD needs to clear $0.6000 and $0.6800 to accelerate gains.
Ripple Price Analysis
This past week, we saw a nasty upward move from the $0.3500 low in Ripple price against the US Dollar. The XRP/USD pair even surpassed the $0.5200 target and traded towards the $0.8000 level. A new monthly high was formed at $0.7972 before the price started a downside correction. The price declined and traded towards the $0.5000 support. A low was formed at $0.4912 and later the price started consolidating losses.
It corrected higher and traded above the $0.5500 level. There was also a break above the 23.6% fib retracement level of the last decline from the $0.7972 high to $0.4912 low. However, the upside move faced sellers near the $0.6000 and $0.6200 levels. There is also a short-term connecting bearish trend line in place with resistance at 0.6000 on the hourly chart of the XRP/USD pair. A break above the trend line could push the price towards 0.6440. It represents the 50% fib retracement level of the last decline from the $0.7972 high to $0.4912 low. On the downside, the $0.5000 level is a decent support along with the 100 hourly simple moving average.
Looking at the chart, ripple price could break the $0.6000 resistance in the short term. However, a push above the $0.6800 is needed for a retest of the $0.7950-0.8000 zone.
Looking at the technical indicators:
Hourly MACD – The MACD for XRP/USD is flat in the bullish zone.
Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for XRP/USD is above the 50 level.
After sharing with you guys last week, what I would be looking at on the EURUSD , sharing the scenarios I will be looking at this week on GBPUSD .
After a very interesting looking weekly candle on this pair, I have an overall bearish biais that already started benefiting me last friday with a 2 targets winner (+215 pips & total 5,83 Risk to Reward ratio).
There are a few levels of support and resistance level I will keep an eye where I will look for entries, with an extra closer look to the most recent resistance level which got broken last week and price approuched it after last friday’s selloff on the GBP.
At the level I will be looking either for a rebound and will look to buy for a continuation to the upside; or for selling opportunities if price happens to break back below that level.
Will post an update and a review at the end of the week with how trading went on this pair.
Wishing guys a great week in the markets. Plan YOUR trade and trade YOUR plan!